Your teeth perform a variety of necessary functions for your mouth, from facilitating clear speech to helping you eat and smile. We encourage you to make a habit of brushing and flossing your teeth daily to keep them in good shape. If you would like to improve your smile even further, we suggest increasing your water intake to keep your smile healthy and clean.
Humans are made of water more than anything else, so a sufficient intake of water is crucial when maintain proper body function. Drinking the recommended amount of water also helps improve oral health, especially if the water is fluoridated. This is because fluoride acts as a natural cavity fighter that keeps the teeth strong. In fact, many communities offer fluoridated public drinking water to help the locals reduce their risk of tooth decay. You are welcome to speak with our dentist about the benefits and concerns of fluoridated water.
Water is naturally beneficial to your smile, which is why you should not use other drinks like soda, juice or coffee as a replacement. These beverages are often full of sugar that lingers on the teeth and provides fuel for bacteria to produce a harmful acid that weakens tooth enamel. Drinking water throughout the day and during meals flushes away particles of sugar and bacteria and removes acid the teeth, reducing its effect.
Drinking water can also improve dry mouth, a side effect of certain medications that reduces saliva production in the mouth. Saliva helps prevent cavities, which is why reduced saliva can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable. Water can improve dry mouth, much like saliva, by helping to prevent tooth decay while you look for a long-term solution.
Our team wants to help you protect and improve your oral health in Middletown, Connecticut. We invite you to contact our office at 860-346-6872 today to schedule your visit with Dr. Laura Miller!